Explainer: Abe, Trump head for trade deal; auto tariffs a sticking point

Reuters | September 20, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to clinch a deal on farm tariffs and digital trade when they meet in New York next week. Full details of the agreement have not been disclosed. Below are some key elements about the pending agreement. Trump’s announcement of an initial deal earlier this week left unanswered questions over whether the agreement would deliver Japan one of the main prizes it seeks: a U.S. pledge not to impose national security tariffs of up to 25% on Japanese vehicles and auto parts under Section 232 of U.S. trade law.

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